Lynda La Plante, CBE is an English author, screenwriter and former actress, best known for writing the Prime Suspect television crime series. She has been made Commander of the Order of the British Empire, an Honorary Fellow with the Forensic Science Society (FSSoc), an Honorary Fellow from Liverpool John Moores University, and also became an honorary member of the British Film Institute. She has also received many awards over the course of her career. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) gave her the Dennis Potter Writers Award. La Plante also received the Edgar Allan Poe Writers' Award and an Emmy Award for Best Mini Series: Prime Suspect. She is the author of Royal Flush, Cold Shoulder and Cold Blood.